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Harputs Union Launches in Union Square

Though the doors of Harputs Union have been open since the beginning of October, the work-in-progress is finally complete and they're christening their new and improved digs with cocktails and morsels this Thursday night. Featuring the latest collections by the likes of Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto, Pleasure Principle, Tellason and Martha Davis in addition to their own label, Harputs Own, there's no shortage of avant garde finds to satiate the eternally hip crowd that flocks to Harputs' minimalist designs.

Harputs Union, 140 Geary Street, 11/19 from 7-10 p.m., RSVP to events@7x7.com

Seeing Spring: gr.dano Spring 2010 Collection

Come spring, gr.dano wants to let you down easy – or, at least, soften the landing as we emerge from winter months – courtesy of a spring 2010 collection punctuated with uncharacteristically loose, flowing pieces in crinkled parachute-like fabric alongside the structured shapes and neutral hues the San Francisco-based label from Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano has become known for.

In creating their latest and fifth collection, Scheyer and Giordano found inspiration in the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose wrapped buildings and installations such as The Gates in New York City incorporate flowing fabrics in the most unexpected of ways.

Link Love: Joy Bianchi's Couture, Changes on Maiden Lane and more...

SF Luxe revels in Joy Bianchi’s private collection of vintage couture.

Adding to the spate of recent retail changes in Union Square, we hear Yves Saint Laurent will likely close on Maiden Lane.

There’s something incredibly creepy about jewelry made from human teeth.

Jewelry that’s much more appealing can be found in SF Indie Fashion’s coverage of Jessica Winzelberg’s debut collection.

Link Love: Alien Shoes, Sesame Street and Prime Cleavage

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

High fashion or new weapon? Apparently alien shoes are in. Grazia reports that Alexander McQueen’s offices are flooded with calls from women who want these shoes. Yikes.

Uniqlo and Disney. Marc Jacobs and Miss Piggy. Stella and Bambi. What’s next in kiddie-inspired looks? Sesame Street gets destroyed by American Apparel. BlackBook reports.

What’s the Deal: $50 Custom Men’s Shirts, 2-for-1 Mani-Pedis and more…

Nothing scary about today's deals...

indiTailored: Custom-made men’s dress shirts are $50 (reg. $89-$99) during the month of November. The online design tool allows shoppers to create their own button-down shirts in Italian fabrics, select the preferred fit and add details such as contrast collars and cuff designs. Use code inditailoredismyhero at checkout to receive the discount on the base price of any shirt.

Look of the Week: Ice Queen

Though it seems like yesterday we were swooning over Indian Summer, all the telltale signs would say otherwise – the air is refreshingly brisk, the sunlight is fleeting and your TV won't stop trying to sell you toys and diamonds. Yep, the holidays are officially here and what better way to kick off the season than with some good old-fashioned ice skating. And while it may seem a bit odd practicing your pivot in 60° weather, at least that means we can skip the long underwear and opt for something a bit more Kristi Yamaguchi. So grab your thermos of peppermint schnapps spiked hot cocoa and hit the ice:

Padma Lakshmi on Her Latest Jewelry Collection and SF Food Culture

Padma Lakshmi stopped by Neiman Marcus in San Francisco to talk jewelry – from her latest Padma collection featuring delicate gold Indian-inspired designs with a modern twist to the pieces that every woman should invest in. And of course, what interview with the Top Chef goddess would be complete without a little food talk:

 

Hark! A Plethora of Store Openings Just in Time For the Holidays

Last month, we decided to shine a spotlight on the recent surge of new stores in Union Square, but the openings didn't stop there. In fact, there's just as much (if not more!) happening in November so without further ado, a quick recap of the newest spots around SF:

50 Cent on Being Sexy and Sweat-Proof Stage Style

With his long-awaited new album Before I Self Destruct released online this week, it was no surprise to find hundreds of fans pouring onto the Macy’s Union Square cosmetics floor yesterday evening for a chance to meet Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in town for the launch of his new men’s fragrance, Power by fifty cent, sold exclusively through the department store.

4 Experts Reveal Mineral Makeup Tips Everyone Can Use

We love mineral makeup for its many benefits: built-in sunscreen, natural ingredients and all-day wearability with little to no reapplication, among them. With the fast-approaching holiday season and all the must-look-good outings that come with it, we decided to check in with four mineral makeup experts in hopes of discovering simple tricks to try specifically with mineral makeup, as well as help avoiding common mineral mishaps such as the obviously over-powdered face. 

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